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Molecular and Cellular Biologists
District Of Columbia

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Research and study cellular molecules and organelles to understand cell function and organization.

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Currently Employed: 440

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $35.04 - $70.80

Typical Annual Salary: $72,900 - $147,300

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Maintain accurate laboratory records and data.
  • Design molecular or cellular laboratory experiments, oversee their execution, and interpret results.
  • Conduct research on cell organization and function including mechanisms of gene expression, cellular bioinformatics, cell signaling, or cell differentiation.
  • Instruct undergraduate and graduate students within the areas of cellular or molecular biology.
  • Compile and analyze molecular or cellular experimental data and adjust experimental designs as necessary.
  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, and meeting presentations.
  • Supervise technical personnel and postdoctoral research fellows.
  • Perform laboratory procedures following protocols including deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing, cloning and extraction, ribonucleic acid (RNA) purification, or gel electrophoresis.
  • Direct, coordinate, organize, or prioritize biological laboratory activities.
  • Develop assays that monitor cell characteristics.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Dry baths or heating blocks
  • Electron guns
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Stirring hotplates
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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